Fettell named in Queensland side

MASON FETTELL has settled in to life as a leading water polo player: living with Australian representatives, training day and night, playing in the national league.

And just last week the 18-year-old was named in the Queensland Under-20 squad for the national championships in July.

“It is always an honour to get the call-up,” Fettell said.

The Alstonville product has just returned from the National Water Polo League finals in Sydney – his Brisbane-based Breakers finished fifth.

“It was a bit disappointing – we were beaten by a single goal in a knockout match,” he said. “Barring that one goal we could have performed much better.”

Still, not bad experience for a kid in his first year playing among the best Australia has to offer.

In fact, Fettell surrounds himself with the best – he lives with Australian representative, Billy Miller.

“I am always around the sport and the athletes from the sport,” he said.

“I think it is a good idea to always be exposed to the best. You couldn’t ask for a better set-up.”

Looking down the track, Fettell has all bases covered – he is undertaking a double degree in law and arts.

But he is never far from the pool – training is at 6am and 6pm six days a week.

“It is a big job with uni and sport, but the timing is good,” he said. “Having training morning and night allows me to fit uni work in through the day and neither interferes with the other.”

His only vice is one that troubles even the most committed at times.

“Keeping the motivation up is the challenge,” he said.

The motivation to study that is – you don’t need a crowing rooster to get the kid out of bed with dreams of wearing the green and gold burning strong.

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